Will India arrest Mahinda Rajapaksa's toy-boy?

June 12, 2010 Comments Off on Will India arrest Mahinda Rajapaksa's toy-boy?

Douglas Devananda, a Sri Lankan MP notorious for being pro-SL gov’t (regardless of which party is in gov’t!) is facing three criminal cases, all registered in the late-80s in India, and is a proclaimed offender and an absconder accused since 1994. He is currently in India as part of the Sri Lankan presidential delegation. Will India obey its own laws and arrest him or play footsie with Sri Lankan President’s toy-boy and let him go?

The Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa is in India and many are shocked by who is accompanying him on the red carpet. A man who has been declared a proclaimed offender and an absconder by a Sessions Court in Tamil Nadu .

The Times of India – HC to hear plea on Lankan minister’s arrest on Monday

CHENNAI: Even as the Chennai police commissioner told reporters here that the Delhi police had been informed that Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda was a proclaimed offender and that Delhi’s response was still awaited, the Madras high court adjourned to Monday a PIL seeking the minister’s arrest.

Douglas is facing three criminal cases, all registered in the late-80s in India, and he is a proclaimed offender and an absconding accused since 1994. The minister is at present on a visit to India as part of the Lankan presidential delegation.

When a PIL filed by advocate P Pugalenthi came up for hearing, the first bench comprising Chief Justice MY Eqbal and Justice TS Sivagnanam adjourned it to Monday. M Radhakrishnan, counsel for the petitioner, said it was the public duty of the government to bring Douglas to justice. “He has to be arrested, and the government must do it,” counsel submitted.

In his petition, Pugalenthi said Douglas was declared a proclaimed offender by a sessions court here in 1994 in connection with a shootout-cum-murder case in 1986. He faced two other cases of kidnapping for ransom and criminal intimidation. Pointing out that Douglas had been an absconding accused for over 16 years now, he said the government must arrest and prosecute him for the pending cases.

When reporters raised the issued, city police commissioner Rajendran said the Chennai police were still awaiting a response from their counterparts in New Delhi. “We are still awaiting the response from the Delhi police. We have informed them that he (Devananda) is a proclaimed offender in the country,” the commissioner said.

According to him, the Chennai police had sent a message to Delhi police informing the latter about the three criminal cases, including the 1986 murder case, pending against Douglas. However, he declined to comment on reports quoting the ministry of external affairs officials that Douglas was not on any watch list in the country. Asked whether the Lankan minister would be arrested, he said, “I can’t predict that.”

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